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Besides Percy Harvin, no wide receiver posted over 38 receptions, 467 receiving yards or three touchdown receptions.
The wide receiver position was one of Minnesota's biggest concerns after the 2011 season. Harvin was Minnesota's top receiver, recording 87 receptions, 967 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Other than Harvin, no receiver posted more than 38 receptions, 467 receiving yards or three touchdowns.
Michael Jenkins would have made the difference between Harvin and Minnesota's runner-up in those three categories less substantial had he been healthy, but the difference still would have been great.
Minnesota drafted Greg Childs and Jarius Wright from Arkansas and both are expected to be solid contributors from the wide receiver position, but the pair will be rookies in 2012 and unreliable in the short term.
The Vikings signed Jerome Simpson from the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason (50 receptions, 725 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions in 2011), but he is suspended for the first three games of the season and will need time to acclimate to the offense.
Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu are expected to be the other wide receivers that will see significant time on the field, which means the corps needs Harvin to lead. Jenkins is a solid NFL receiver, but nothing special. Aromashodu is an inconsistent talent who owns an NFL roster spot simply because of his potential.
The franchise cannot afford to go into 2012 without Harvin at the helm. Without Harvin, this position goes from troubled to hopeless.